There is this gluten free craze going around these days, and more and more people seem to be avoiding bread like it’s the devil. Bread is NOT bad. You just have to be selective about what you buy, and check your ingredients label.
The key is to look for all whole grains, aka whole wheat, whole oat, whole rye, etc. No enriched flour which means plain old white flour.
And look for as little additives as possible, meaning, you should be able to decipher the ingredients. Lastly, make sure the sugar content is not too high. Here are my picks for the healthiest breads:
My Favorite Breads
1. Ezekiel Bread
This is my go-to bread choice at the grocery store. You can find this in the freezer section of the grocery store. Since it has no preservative, they must refrigerate it. I like this flavor better than the traditional Ezekiel Bread because it has a better flavor.
Ingredients: Organic Sprouted Wheat, Filtered Water, Organic Malted Barley, Organic Sprouted Rye, Organic Sprouted Barley, Organic Sprouted Oats, Organic Sprouted Millet, Organic Sprouted Corn, Organic Sprouted Brown Rice, Fresh Yeast, Organic Wheat Gluten, Sea Salt.
Yes, it does contain gluten and wheat. But, there is no need to avoid these ingredients unless you have an allergy or have Celiac’s disease. Wheat in its’ whole, clean, unprocessed form is an excellent source of nutrients. And gluten is what holds the bread together!
2. Silver Hills Bakery Bread
This brand of bread I found at a Super Target in the bakery section. I was very excited to find this bread. It may become my new favorite. They have a lot of healthy varieties including a hemp seed bread that contains 7 grams of protein per serving (a great choice for vegans and vegetarians). Even the flax bread contains 6 grams of protein per serving, very low sugar, and high fiber. And, it is tasty.
Ingredients: Organic whole sprouted wheat, organic flax (organic whole flax seeds, organic ground flax seeds), water, vital wheat gluten, organic cane sugar, yeast, sea salt, cultured wheat flour (wheat flour, bacterial culture)
3. Mestemacher Bread
This is a German bread company that makes many rye bread varieties. True rye bread. Not the white flour rye bread blend that you find in American grocery stores. I decided to try this bread after coming back from a trip to Denmark where I first had this type of bread. We took a Baltic cruise, and I kept spotting this bread at many restaurants and shops. After that trip, I found it in Aldi stores, Whole Foods, and some Kroger stores.
If you like rye flavors, you will love this bread. I like the muesli flavor toasted for breakfast with a little almond butter on it. The muesli flavor contains seeds and hazelnuts. Yum. Did you know: Rye bread may help with weight loss due to the type of fibers it contains.
Ingredients: Crushed whole rye grains (30%), whole meal rye flour, oat flakes (4%), water, non-sulphurated sultanas (5%), hazelnuts (2%), sunflower seeds (2%), linseed (2%), salt, oat fiber, sesame, yeast.
4. Food for Life Brown Rice Wraps or Tortillas
This is not sliced bread, but it has to be mentioned because it is one of my favorites. And, if you are looking for a healthy gluten free option, this is excellent. The flavor is amazing, it holds it shape better than other gluten free products, and I like the texture. Delicious. This one you will also find in the freezer section. I purchase it at Publix.
Ingredients: Brown Rice Flour, Filtered Water, Tapioca Flour, Safflower oil, Rice Bran, Vegetable Gum (Xanthan Gum, Cellulose), Sea Salt.
5. Trader Joe’s Bread
Sprouted Rye Bread
Trader Joe’s has many healthy bread options, but this is one of my favorites due to flavor. The slices are also very thin and light, so if you are watching your calories, this would be a good choice. I don’t have a package in my freezer right now, so I don’t have the full nutritionals for you. But, I will post them when I buy it again.